Attorney Big Al Releases Vehicle Crash Court Case, Encourages Defensive Driving

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Attorney Big Al released the details of a court case this week that involved a vehicle crash which could have been prevented if the drivers involved been using good defensive driving tactics. Big Al’s successful litigation won the plaintiff $167,000 dollars in damages, but an examination of the details of the case and on the principles of good driving can prevent accidents of this magnitude in the future.

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The plaintiff suffered years of very costly injuries that impacted her life...

Attorney Big Al of the 1-800-HURT-123 firm is pleased to announce that the details of a previous case are eligible to be made public this month. The case, which deals with an auto-accident and subsequent court settlement, has educational value as a case study on both defensive driving and vehicle injury litigation, and Big Al hopes that this case study will inform the public on best practices for avoiding collisions.

The case of Elmer v. Kotlarczuk appeared in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Case # 04165 during a three day trial in front of Judge Paula Patrick. The plaintiff was driving her car when the defendant backed out of a parking space and entered into the plaintiff’s lane, causing a collision. The plaintiff’s airbags deployed, and as a result she suffered damages that required her to go to the doctor over twenty times in two years. Big Al represented the plaintiff, and after two days of trial and five hours of deliberations, the jury awarded her $167,500 in damages.

Big Al wished to publicize this case because it demonstrates the importance of defensive driving. The plaintiff suffered years of very costly injuries that impacted her life in negative ways; if the defendant had been a cautious driver who had looked before entering the road, then the plaintiff might not have been injured. Luckily, defensive driving is very easy to practice. There are simple tips that concerned citizens can use, and the Department of Motor Vehicles recommends that every person attempt to practice defensive techniques to avoid costly collisions and physical harm on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend some key tips for driving. First and foremost, always stay focused on the road. Distracted driving crash rates are just as high as drunk driving rates, and distractions aren’t just limited to texting or talking on a cellphone. Eating while driving, sightseeing while on the road, having conversations that require a lot of mental energy, and reaching into the back seats can all cause accidents. Secondly, be vigilant. Defensive driving requires drivers to assume that an accident may be incoming at any and all moments, so drivers should consider all the cars and vehicles on the road around them as incoming dangers. Defensive driving classes are available at most driving schools, and consumers can often get lower rates on their insurance with proof of successful completion of the course.

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